On day 38 of the war in Ukraine, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will try to open a new humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians in Mariupol after the one scheduled for Friday failed. In the port city, besieged for weeks by the Russian offensive, it is estimated that some 160,000 citizens live in a limit situation due to the shortage of food and medicine.
While the fighting continues in various parts of the east of the country. In the region of Poltava and Dnipro, Russian missiles would have hit infrastructures and buildings, according to the spokesmen for the zones, Dmitry Lunin and Valentyn Reznichenko, respectively. The city of Kryvyi Rih would also have had a gas station bombed, which would have caused a fire. This information could not be independently verified.
Ukraine has advanced positions around kyiv. According to British intelligence, Russian forces have withdrawn from Hóstomel airport, near the capital, which has been the subject of fighting since the first day of the conflict.
Russia claims it has destroyed 67 military targets in Ukraine
the russian army destroyed 67 military targets overnight Ukrainians in the framework of Russia’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry. These would be two checkpoints, two warehouses for missiles and artillery ammunition, nine pieces of artillery and mortars and 54 areas of concentration of war equipment of the Ukrainian Army.
In the east of the country, units of the pro-Russian Donetsk militia they partially took the town of Novobákhtumovkalocated north of the regional capital, and fights against units of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Ukrainian Army, according to the same information.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the militias have caused up to 40 casualties to the Ukrainian troops, in addition to destroying a platoon of tanks, two platoons of motorized infantry, and a battery of mortars.
Moscow has also reported the shooting down of two Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopters, one in the Sumy region, south of Kharkiv, and another north of the port city of Mariupol, which has been resisting the siege of Russian troops for nearly a month. “24 Ukrainian drones were also shot down,” said the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry.
Zelensky criticizes the “silence” of Europe before Mariupol
The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has criticized Europe for “reacting silently” to the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol, a strategic port between the Crimean peninsula and Donbas. “Europe has no right to react in silence to what is happening in our Mariupol. The whole world must react to this humanitarian catastrophe,” Zelensky denounced in his late-night speech released by the presidency last Friday.
Zelensky has said that on that day the humanitarian corridors they worked in three regions: Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhia, and that 6,266 people were rescued. In Mariupol, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, has said that 700 people were rescued, despite difficulties in the corridors. The number of evacuees from the area as of Friday rises to 6,266.
More than four million people have left Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has forced more than 4.1 million people to leave the country, according to the latest data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In addition, there are at least another 6.5 million internally displaced persons, that is, people who have had to leave their homes and who have traveled to other parts of the country to flee from the bombs.
More than half of the expatriates go to Poland, which has already received more than 2.3 million refugees, but hundreds of thousands have also crossed the borders of Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. Since March 13, UNHCR has only offered data on refugees who left through neighboring countries, even if they are already in other states, on the portal it has launched to report on this crisis.